A Land More Kind Than Home, by Wiley Cash

Three narrators take turns moving this novel along, and layer up a rich and sensitive portrait of hardscrabble white Appalachia. The characters get portrayed with respect and affection, and the dialogue and descriptions soak the narrative with down-home flavor. I enjoyed the flow, disrupted just a few times by continuity errors or implausible feats of hearing or sight (I can be nit-picky that way). The momentum of the story did not seem to require a bloody denouement, but I kinda sensed it coming anyway, and it felt a bit too pat of a way to end it. Still, a very impressive piece of storytelling.

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